Kentucky is located on the border between the Midwest and South of the United States. The Commonwealth of Kentucky (our state’s highfalutin official title) is, in all ways, a southern state. Kentucky Food, the accents, its lifetime membership in the Bible Belt, the friendliness and southern hospitality… just about everything screams SOUTH! When traveling north, Kentucky could be the last southern state you encounter and when traveling south, she could be the first southern state you encounter.
Many people refer to the area inhabited by Kentucky as the “Upland South.”
Kentucky State Borders
Kentucky is bordered by seven states. Only Missouri and Tennessee, both of which have eight border states, are bordered by more states.
- West Virginia borders Kentucky on the east
- Virginia borders Kentucky on the southeast
- Tennessee borders Kentucky on the south
- Missouri borders Kentucky on the west
- Illinois borders Kentucky on the north
- Indiana borders Kentucky on the northwest
- Ohio borders Kentucky on the north/northeast.
Kentucky River Borders
Kentucky’s northern border is formed by the Ohio River and its western border by the Mississippi River.
Learn More About Kentucky
For more information about Kentucky’s location, regions, geography, and borders, explore the map below.
Credit for the Kentucky Map at the top of the article: Wikipedia Commons